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Le Petit Chateau is perfectly situated in this stunning part of France for anything you want from your holiday.
The medieval Cite de Carcassonne is free to enter and is just a short walk from the main town area
The medieval Cite de Carcassonne is free to enter and is just a short walk from the main town area
The Medieval Cite de Carcassonne is a World Heritage site, and you will see just why when you visit. It is only half an hour away, and finding your way around, and parking, is easy.
The square in Carcassonne town centre
The square in Carcassonne town centre
The old city of Carcassonne is breathtaking, even in winter
The old city of Carcassonne is breathtaking, even in winter
Carcassonne was featured in the film The DaVinci Code, and is as breathtaking as it is majestic, and is free to enter (the French seem to know how to do things!). And surprisingly for such a magnetic attraction, it is possible to find very reasonably priced places to enjoy lunch or dinner.

Fresh food markets are regularly held in Carcassonne, leaving no excuses for buying ready-meals
Fresh food markets are regularly held in Carcassonne, leaving no excuses for buying ready-meals
The Canal-du-Midi runs through the centre of Carcassonne
The Canal-du-Midi runs through the centre of Carcassonne
Vintage fairground attraction outside the walled Cite de Carcassonne
Vintage fairground attraction outside the walled Cite de Carcassonne
If you like shopping, the ‘new’ part of Carcassonne, which is still old and very French, is full of boutiques, bars and restaurants. The street market in the main square is great fun, whether you just want to buy some local vegetables, or sit outside at one of the bars and watch everyone else do their work.
It's fun to watch the boats pass through the centre of Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi
It's fun to watch the boats pass through the centre of Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi

The Canal-du-Midi runs through the centre of the city, and walking or jogging alongside is a complete delight.

The town of Mazamet is about the same distance in the opposite direction, further into the Black Mountains, and has a regular market and many interesting shops, bars and restaurants.

The beautiful town of Mazamet is well worth a visit, further up into the Black Mountains
The beautiful town of Mazamet is well worth a visit, further up into the Black Mountains
For the explorer, you could board a train at Carcassonne station and travel to Toulouse, or to the coast, or even to Spain. Barcelona is only around three hours away.
Take a picnic and go wandering through the nearby poppy fields
Take a picnic and go wandering through the nearby poppy fields
Other closer attractions include the 18-hole Carcassonne golf course, and several local supervised lakes which have sandy beaches and full facilities.
Cycling alongside the Canal-du-Midi in Carcassonne - Our two bicycles are available for use by our guests.
Cycling alongside the Canal-du-Midi in Carcassonne - Our two bicycles are available for use by our guests.

Because of the varied terrain, you are never far from the active sport of your choice, such as rafting, canyoning and climbing.

The Camurac ski resort is about 90 minutes from Carcassonne, so why not consider a winter break in Le Petit Chateau, if skiing is your interest?

Horse and pony riding is available near to Le Petit Chateau.
Horse and pony riding is available near to Le Petit Chateau. There's an excercise trail surrounding the nearby lake. Narbonne Plage is easy to get to and about an hour from Carcassonne. Access to the Cite de Carcassonne is easy. There are several lakes nearby suitable for swimming and fishing.

Whilst on the subject of skiing, on a clear day you can see the mountain of Andorra (Andorra is an independent country, which has a treaty with France and Spain) from Le Petit Chateau’s window.

Narbonne Plage has beautiful beaches about an hour away from Carcassonne, and its nearby town of Gruissan is definitely worth a visit. Discover the brilliant efficiency and comfort of French trains by taking a 30 minute ride from Carcassonne to the delightful city of Narbonne. From there you can easily take a bus to Narbonne Plage or Gruissan. You will find information in the apartment.

Narbonne is delightful and only 30 minutes by train
Narbonne is delightful and only 30 minutes by train

Montpellier is just a hour drive by car

Each time we visit we find out more and more, so why not gain the benefit of our experience and local knowledge, and tell us what it is you are looking for in your holiday? We can advise and help, send links to particular websites, call tourist information centres for you, and generally help you plan a holiday of a lifetime.


Local bars are hosts to some excellent music. If you're lucky you might catch local English resident Linus (right), before he becomes really famous

Le Marque Page restaurant in Montelieu is first class

Montelieu, the village of books

If you’re a beach-baby, but you prefer to stay local, we can highly recommend the Lac de la Cavayère, located very near Carcassonne. It is now top of our ‘can’t wait to go to’ places (easy-to-follow directions are in the apartment) as soon as we arrive. It is breathtakingly beautiful, peaceful, and comes complete with super-soft sandy beach. The French have a way of doing things, so of course there is free and easy parking. Simply follow the rules – there are no rules!

A Sunday morning in Carcassonne
 
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